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Old 01-15-2005, 06:41 AM
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My son and I are both right handed and left eye dominant so we both close our left eye to look thru the scope which I am told is not the proper way to shoot. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-15-2005, 08:01 AM
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this condition is called cross dominance (i have it too). the truth is, just find what works best for you and do it. some people with this condition train themselves to shoot left handed, and others train themselves to shoot with their right eye. you just have to pick what works best for you and go from there. it depends on how dominant your left eye is and how dominant your right hand is.
i shoot right handed and have to close my left eye long enough to get the sight picture, but then i can open the left and still work with the right eye. hard to explain, but i suspect you may understand.

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Old 01-15-2005, 08:20 AM
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Got to agree with Monty...what counts is results. Have tried to teach cross-dominate people to shoot, and it's really not hard to get the handgun msituation straightened out as you can pretty much use either eye you care to, but with a rifle are pretty much limited to the eye/shoulder combination.

For that student, getting the rifle under control requires the strong side shoulder and hand....seems his matual preference was the same as yours: to have a solid hold and trigger control. Takes a bit more time to get the sight with the off-eye.

Have seen pictures in older Guns Digest of cross stocks...evidently the old editor (John Amber) lost the use of his dominate eye. Odd lokking bent butt stocks that allowed a right shoulder and a left eye, but they always looked like they were straining to break even while just sitting in the rack. Remember it was a high grade shotgun (H&H or a Purdy) and they actually bent the side plates to forllow the vurve...and they sought out wood with that natural bend.

Same artical (or it may have been one on Handicaped Shooters) showed stocks cut down at the comb so that the off eye could line up (in this case, the stock was cut deeply at the top...the head held kind of sideways...and the TOP eye lined up with the scope.

Seems these creative solutions all have some faults...but of them, If I was disadisfied with my shooting, may try the cut doen stock/sideways head.
Were some pictures of cross-mounts as well...things that juttted off the side and mounted a scope to allow the off eye to line up. Looked terrible unbalanced.
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Old 01-15-2005, 03:44 PM
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Me, too. The only part I'd disagree with is the part about strong side muscles/arms. The eye is more important. I am right handed in all things except shooting pool and shooting long guns, but they do feel natural in my left, due to that eye being dominant, and therefore, better. It has better focus and clarity. To close your dominant eye in order to shoot with the lesser....well it isn't the best solution. Try to get used to shooting off the left shoulder and see how it feels. Doing this while whacking clays with a shotgun is the best way to tell the difference.

I've also seen pix where instead of bending the stock, the scope is merely offset in order to pick up the dominant eye.
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Old 01-16-2005, 08:11 AM
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I too am right handed and left eye dominant. I shoot rifles left handed and pistols right handed. Try to shoot the rifle or shotgun left handed and see how it feels. I can actually shoot rifle or pistol either or but it takes a little concentration to shoot the oppisite hand from what I normally do. Alot of range time and practice have helped over the years.
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Old 01-16-2005, 09:19 AM
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It depends

I, too, am right-handed and left eye dominant. I shoot rifles and shotguns off the left shoulder and handguns right-handed. It works for me. All the best...
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:47 PM
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left eye dominate

I am left eye dominate and right handed. I,ve shot left handed all my life. The only things I shoot right handed are handgun and bow.I am faster with long guns left handed now. It takes some time but I,ve been doing it for about 40 years.It is possible!
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:37 PM
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I think it depends on whether we're dealing with a new shooter or one with some shooting time under their belt.

I've been left handed and right eye dominant forever, and when I was taught to shoot at age 8, it wasn't too big a chore to learn to shoot right-handed. (I do everything else left handed)

I've taught folks both ways, and I've learned to have the shooter try it both ways for a few hundred rounds each way, and let them decide which is most comfortable for them.

I feel like it's easier to change left to right, or the other way around than to try and change the dominant eye.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:27 PM
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The shooters moving to the dominate eye are doing what is the best option, and if your parents would have left well enough alone, you would have grown up a lefty. Heck you might have even grown into a left handed curve ball thrower and made a killing in baseball. The problem is the social stigma of being left handed subtly pushes parents to redirect children to use right hands. The muscles are easy to train, the embedded neural hard wiring is very difficult to retrain. I recommend switching to the dominate eye side for all patients, with practice shooting improves, especially shotgunning because the eye is the rear sight so to speak. When I determined my son is left eye dominate I started to instill left handedness as well. Any child less than about 10 years old has a very plastic neural system and can be switched for eye dominance with specific training, but after that it becomes hard wired and harder to change.

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Old 12-21-2006, 05:35 PM
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I've got to take issue with the statement that "if your parents would have left you alone you would have grown up left handed". I am cross dominant, Left Eye/Right Hand. My dad recognized it with my first toy rifle at the age of 4 or 5, and started me then holding rifles left handed. My left handed daughter shoots right handed, as does my right handed daughter. My five year old son tips his head completely over the stock of his toy rifle, to use the opposite eye whichever way he holds it! With serious concentration, I can shoot scopes decent right handed, but I don't stand a chance with Iron sights.

With that, I will freely admit that my left handed daughter was a trial for my wife's mother, but we were around her little enough that we shrugged it off!
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